March 7th, 2012 |
Goldsmith Drive Application Refused
The application opposite 2 Goldsmith Drive, Rayleigh, for a site for travelling show people has just been refused.
You can download the officers report here
The reasons for refusal are as follows:
1 The saved Rochford District Replacement Local Plan (2006) shows the site to be within
the Metropolitan Green Belt. Within the Green Belt, planning permission will not be given,
except in very special circumstances, for the construction of new buildings or for the
change of use or extension of existing buildings (other than reasonable extensions to
existing buildings, as defined in Policies R2 and R5 of the saved Local Plan). The
proposal in considered to be inappropriate development contrary to Green Belt Policy.
Any development which is permitted shall be of a scale design and siting such that the
appearance of the countryside is not impaired.
The proposal does not come into any of the excepted categories and if allowed would
develop an existing open and undeveloped site with an existing tall grass covering
with development in the form of touring caravans, mobile homes , commercial vehicle
storage and maintenance and a hardstanding area to some 56% of the site coverage
which taking all these features together would detract visually from the relative
undeveloped plotland appearance and character of that part of the Green Belt in which
the site would be situated and would introduce noise and commercial repairs to
showmen’s equipment detracting from the amenity enjoyed to this location.
2 The proposal would be served by a 117m length of unmade plotland road to a width
of 5m without footway and a poor surface. As such the site would not enjoy a direct
access onto a metalled highway surface and the proposal would instead encourage
further commercial traffic onto the substandard highway network to the detriment of
the safety to pedestrians and other highway users and the flow of traffic.